Please mark your calendars now.
Protests and actions will be taking place in
Sydney, Melbourne, and Alice Springs.
This I can say for sure.
Please notify me at misseaglesnetwork(at)gmail(dot)com
of other actions.
If nothing is planned where you live,
please get going now and make this protest truly nation-wide.
And let Miss Eagle know.
Paddy Gibson has been in touch with the following letter and statement
Paddy Gibson is a researcher at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning,
University of Technology, Sydney. He is currently working in Central Australia
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Alice Springs NT 0871
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for the Intervention Rollback Action Group Alice Springs
Statement to be launched with protest rallies on October 29:
Stop the NT Intervention - Jobs with Justice for Aboriginal Workers
Worse than Workchoices
The NT Intervention promised to deliver ‘real jobs’ for Aboriginal communities. Instead, thousands of waged jobs have been lost and Aboriginal organisations have been crippled as Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) close down. [i]
Under the new CDEP scheme designed by the Federal Labor government, Aboriginal people no longer receive wages. They are being forced to work providing vital services such as rubbish collection, school bus runs, sewerage maintenance, construction and aged care in exchange for quarantined Centrelink payments.[ii]
People are compelled to work 16 hours a week for $115 cash, plus $115 credit on a ‘BasicsCard’ which can only be used on ‘priority items’ in government approved stores. Aboriginal workers have described this as a return to the "ration days", when they were paid in food instead of cash.
Centrelink is threatening to cut off payments entirely if people do not participate. Unclear guidelines and the vulnerable position of many workers have seen cases of people working 30 hrs or more for no extra money.[iii]
- Guarantee the 500 threatened Shire jobs
- End compulsory income management
- End current CDEP arrangements forcing people to work for the BasicsCard
- Turn all CDEP positions into fully waged jobs
- Provide massive investment in job creation and service provision inall Aboriginal communities.
[i] There were approximately 7500 CDEP participants receiving wages in
the NT before reforms that came with the Intervention. See Altman, J
‘Neo-Paternalism and the Destruction of CDEP’, Arena 90, September
2007 at http://www.
[ii] See Gibson, P Working for the BasicsCard in the Northern
Territory, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning UTS Briefing Papers
[iii] The Age June 16 2010
[iv] Crikey June 4 2010
[v] ABC http://www.abc.net.au/
[vi] ABC http://www.abc.net.
[vii] A full copy of the UNCERD report is available at
[viii] ABC http://www.abc.net.